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Thu 15 Mar 2007

Valmik says 'more of the truth' please!

Category : events

NUS Grad student Enoka V. was at the Singapore Zoo last evening and was fortunately invited in to the Wildlife Asia session with Valmik Thapar and Mike Birkhead. Apparently Valmik commented that the too many pretty pictures are being showed on animal documentaries and not enough of the horror or urgency of the crisis caused by the wildlife trade rampant today in Asia.

Earlier that day at the main conference venue in Suntec City, Anand Balan had drawn my attention to "Black Market - Inside the endangered species trade in Asia" by Ben Davies. It tells the stories of the large-scale slaughter that persists even today in Asia. We bumped into Producer Adam Oswell and had an animated conversation - and these were stories that needed to be told urgently.

It seems such a pity that so few people were around, but at least community will get to engage wth Valmak at NParks' "Meet the Film maker" session tonight. As for Adam Oswell, we'll make an effort to have him speak here at a later date, probably with the ACRES who are battling the illegal trade in wildlife right here from Singapore.

Posted at 9:55AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Thu 15 Mar 2007

20 Mar 2007: 6:30pm: "Sowing Seeds for Global Peace"

Category : talks

Roots & Shoots Singapore, a program of the Jane Goodall Institute

"Sowing Seeds for Global Peace
- a public sharing session"

By Kelly Kok
Executive Director
Jane Goodall Institute, Taiwan

Tue 20 March 2007, 6:30-8:30pm

Venue: Nature Society (Singapore)
510 Geylang Road, The Sunflower, #02-05 (Junction of Geylang Road and Lorong 28). Closest MRT - Aljunied MRT. If driving, park along Lorong28, free parking after 5pm but parking spots are limited.

Who should attend - Conservation, education and outreach officers of NGOs and government organizations in fields of youth development, environmental conservation and animal welfare.

About the Talk - Last year when Dr Jane Goodall visited Singapore, teachers and students who attended her talk were visibly inspired. A group of educators and volunteers formed the local branch of the Jane Goodall Institute to promote the Roots & Shoots (R&S) program locally. We have invited Ms Kelly Kokto give a series of talks to schools and the public. She will be sharing with us more about the R&S program, the benefits of becoming a member and examples and best practices from Roots & Shoots projects worldwide.

About the Speaker - Kelly Kok has been the Executive Director of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) in Taiwan since 1999. She is responsible for planning and delivery of local and regional programs and services, fund-raising, board administration and financial management. Originally from Singapore, she has a Bachelor of Art's degree in Chinese Literature from the National Taiwan Normal University, and is a Certified Conference Interpreter. She frequently shares with students, educators, parents and the public on the success of the R&S program in Taiwan and how every individual in each R&S member country can also play a role to show care and concern for our community and the environment.

More information about Roots & Shoots can be found at: rootsandshoots.org.
For queries, email: jgi@singapore.com

Source: Vilma D'Rozario

Posted at 1:49AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email | Raffles Museum news